If you are a working professional, at some point you would have to travel for one form of business or the other. Either as the sole proprietor, or a co-founder in your business or as an employee in an organization, you would have had to go engage in one meeting, conference, negotiation or the other for business. Seeing as you are traveling out of base, two immediate challenges often arise. Transportation and accommodation. Wherever you need to go on your business trip, your needs would most likely range from guest houses in Calabar to Hotels in Victoria Island to Hotels in Maitama Abuja as well as flight to your destination and perhaps an idea of things to do in the city you are visiting.
For employees of organizations, the modus operandi is different. Some companies would ask you to bear the expenses, present the receipts and Finance department will reimburse you. Others will make arrangements for your travel itinerary from start to finish.
Whatever the case, there can be the challenge of delayed flights, unavailability of rooms, hotels not having amenities you need while on your trip such as internet or a business center, hotels not being in the same vicinity of the venue or location for your business meeting.
Many of all these challenges can actually be solved by simply booking your hotel online with a reputable online booking platform.
When you book hotels online you eliminate many of the hassles of your business travel.
For example, hotels can arrange to pick you up from the airport when you arrive as well as take you to the airport for your departure.
When you book hotels online you also confirm the availability of the rooms before time, and ensure that you have the room reserved for you regardless of delayed check in arising from late flight take offs.
One of the things that inspired me to write this article is going home one day and seeing a long queue of cars making their way into the Sheraton Lagos premises. I couldn’t help but imagine the frustration of someone who had not booked online and gets to the front desk and realizes that the rooms are all sold out.
When you book hotels online you can also filter for hotels that has the amenities and facilities you would need on your business trip. If you need meeting rooms, internet, printers or anything else you can filter in your search online or simply speak to a customer care agent who would go through the process and give you suitable options based on the criteria you provided.
Another problem people have is they usually want to keep the money for booking hotels to themselves, and crash on the couch of an old friend, or sleep on the bench of a church. It is important to be about your wits when on a business trip. And you need the most amount of relaxation possible at this time. So ruggeding it to keep a few thousand bucks to yourself.
Corporate bookings are also a great way to save yourself the hassle of business travel. Get your company to get corporate flight and hotel booking rates that ensure that you get the best rates possible as well as ensure everyone on the team is properly taking care of.